DOWNTOWN LAS CRUCES can be a busy place. But step into MEW + Company, and the frenzy fades. Candle fragrance fills the space, while vintage jazz plays in the background. It’s a lovely backdrop for this five-year-old boutique’s handcrafted jewelry, artistic stationery, home goods, and kids’ items.
Owner Mary Wunderlich has thoughtfully curated the cozy vibe: part desert-dweller chic, part bohemian, part vintage. Wunderlich, an artist for as long as she can remember, sells her own prints, a selection of watercolors in gentle hues. Subjects include graceful flowers as well as depictions of the nearby Doña Ana Mountains.
Before moving to New Mexico about seven years ago, Wunderlich owned a boutique in Oklahoma, where her husband was stationed in the military. But when they began to explore places to settle down, they were drawn to Las Cruces and the majestic Organ Mountains. “Here you just get this bold vibrancy,” she says of the inspiration to be found in the desert.
She loves showcasing artisans and companies creating beautiful handiwork in environmentally and socially conscious ways—sustainable matches from England, tallow lotions from Arizona, chile-themed cards by New Mexico artist Emily Smith. Wunderlich’s mom sews an array of patterned kitchen aprons, while her sister crochets cozy children’s cardigans.
“I want to share these gorgeous products with people and share these talented artisans,” Wunderlich says.